My first year at Amherst College is over. The way how time passes by so fast leaves me feeling a bit dazed. My year has been a mixture of doubt, disappointment, stress, wistfulness, confusion, clarity, learning, growth, gratitude and happiness. I spent my time exploring what’s meaningful to me and finding my academic and career path. I am glad for all of the opportunities and support that I got at Amherst. It’s not always apparent to me, but I’m slowly changing by the decisions that I make and by the environment and people I’m with. Personal growth is a huge part of the college experience, since that’s where many changes are happening.
(Winter at Amherst)
(Decorated my dorm with pictures of food)
One aspect of my Amherst that I wish were better is the food culture. In terms of food, Amherst cannot compare to NYC. I knew that from the start, but it has somewhat put my food blogging to a slow halt. Nevertheless, I did what I could. While I wasn’t blogging, I designed a course on Molecular Gastronomy, about the scientific processes behind cooking. In the course of a few months, I read through about 95% of the entire Modernist Cuisine! There were some times when I thought I would go insane if I had to read another hundred pages, but the experience was worth it and I’d do the course again in a heartbeat. I’ll tell you more about the Molecular Gastronomy course in the near future, stay tuned.
(International Olive Oil Competition Dinner in International Culinary Center for Molecular Gastronomy trip)
Even though the food culture here is not that vibrant (access to kitchens is limited and inconvenient, dining hall could be better, local eateries are a hit or miss), I’ve started to make the best of what’s available. Next year, I hope to do something to improve the food culture and take more time to cook with friends. I will continue to go to GoBerry, a local froyo store that’s way better than Red Mango (I never thought that I’d say this, but it’s true.) And I will cherish homemade food more every time I go back to NYC during vacations.
(Developed quite a tea obesssion this year)
All in all, I realized that no matter where I am, food is still an important part of my life. I photograph food a little too much, but this is how I remember the food, the memories, the people who I eat with. So enjoy the food pictures (or suffer if you’re hungry…just kidding).
(Enjoying Mom’s cooking during vacations)
I will be embarking on a new food adventure this summer in NYC and spending a ten days in Ireland, so I can’t wait to share my journey with you soon!
(My lovely dorm, Stearns Hall)